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BusinessWeek's Guide to The Best Business Schools [Secure eReader]
eBook by BusinessWeek

eBook Category: Reference/Education
eBook Description: A wealth of information and a candid picture of the top programs worldwide. Reviews include extended profiles, and related links. Here's a way to get behind the data and learn how each B-school really operates: Take a look at the profiles for individual schools on your MBA wish list. In them, you can read about recent events at the schools; find out admissions, career, and financial-aid office policies; and see what recent grads say about the programs.

eBook Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, Published: 2002
Fictionwise Release Date: July 2002




PREFACE

Scratching your head trying to figure out whether or not to get an MBA -- and where to get one if the answer sounds like a yes? You've come to the right place. You are now reading the seventh and most comprehensive edition of a book that is considered the bible for all students and observers of graduate schools of business. Hundreds of thousands of applicants have relied on earlier versions of this book for its wealth of unvarnished, tell-it-like-it-is information and analysis of the top MBA programs. Deans and recruiters also use this guide as a benchmark of how well they've put their ideas and strategies into place.

For this guide, BUSINESSWEEK magazine used the thousands of surveys of graduates and corporate recruiters that it collected for its most recent ranking of business schools as primary research material. That was just the beginning. Next, the staff interviewed hundreds of students, alumni, recruiters, faculty members, and deans to gain an even better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the top schools. The result is this book -- a product that reveals far more information and insights on the best B-schools than exist anywhere else.

This guidebook is an outgrowth of BUSINESSWEEK's biennial ranking of the best business schools, a project first tackled in 1988. Since then, the magazine has carved out management education as an important and critical area of coverage. It's a mission that extends far beyond the pages of the magazine. BUSINESSWEEK Online, for example, has an extensive site devoted to the best business schools. It includes lengthy profiles of the 82 schools surveyed by BUSINESSWEEK in 2000, featuring helpful statistics, links to schools' Web sites, and dozens of student comments from the survey. And this year, there are even more profiles on nonranked schools -- more than 220 total B-schools, divided by geographic region. There's a return-on-investment calculator that helps you determine the true costs of any one program and a host of transcripts of chats with students at the top schools. And something more -- there are dozens of video interviews with B-school deans, admissions officers, and placement directors. You can download the transcripts of online conferences with admissions and placement professionals, read the journals of current and recently graduated MBA students, and post a question on a variety of message boards to be answered by BUSINESSWEEK staffers or other visitors to the site. You can access the site at www.businessweek.com/bschools/ or by going to keyword "BW" on America Online.

The authors for the seventh edition were Betsy Gruber, Margaret Littman, and BUSINESSWEEK management education editor Jennifer Merritt. Gruber, a New York City-based freelance writer, is a contributor and former editor for Chicago Social and Angeleno magazines. Littman, a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been published in numerous national magazines. Merritt, based in New York, is responsible for BUSINESSWEEK's coverage of management education and directed the 2000 rankings project. The format for this book follows that used by BUSINESSWEEK Senior Writer John A. Byrne, who authored the first five editions and created the BUSINESSWEEK ranking of the top schools back in 1988.

Making significant contributions to this book were freelancer and former BUSINESSWEEK editor Cynthia Green, who co-authored the sixth edition of this book; BUSINESSWEEK Online reporter Mica Schneider, who assisted in the research and prepared several pieces for the book; and Francesca Di Meglio, a former BUSINESSWEEK intern and assistant on the rankings project who wrote several of the school profiles. BUSINESSWEEK intern Eric Dash also wrote several school profiles. Both Di Meglio and Dash assisted in research and survey response gathering for the rankings project. Frederick Jespersen served as our number-crunching guru and provided invaluable survey analysis. Cambria Consulting created and managed the online portion of the survey. BUSINESSWEEK Online reporter Schneider, producer Jessica Loudon, and technical guru Joshua Tanzer managed the flow of information to the Web site. Assistant Managing Editor Joyce Barnathan and Managing Editor Mark Morrison supervised the project.

Copyright © 2001 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


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